Several readers have asked, given recent events, how they can help support Black Businesses. The coronavirus has shut 40% of Black businesses according to new reports. And protests have spot lighted the economic injustice faced by Blacks in the US.
If you want to help Black business; you must buy from Black business. To help find Black business near you, we have compiled a list of Black Business Directories.
The following websites are for general Black business listings. They may or may not be verified as Black owned and the entry may not be up to date. We do check each directory for basic information in several categories: Restaurants, Bakeries, Hair Care Products, Beauty Salon, Plumbers, Tax Accountants and Web Design.
Black Business Directories
When you put together a list like this, you lots of interesting information about Black businesses.
- The top categories are: Health & Beauty, Resturants and Clothing.
- My favorite is the Paducah directory. If they can create a Black Business group on Facebook then anyone can do it.
- We also like Shoppe Black which comes out with curated category lists every month featuring products sold by Black businesses. During the height of the pandemic, they had a list Black owned face mask companies. Very useful.
Finally, if you want to see how good the lists are then try and look for a big dollar, hard to find category like: Cars, Roof, Furniture or Plumbers. It can be really tough find someone Black.
Selective Lists (Curated)
In the Selective lists category, Beyonce’s list is hard to beat. It has a lot of vendors already.
|Name||Type or Category|
|Black Parade Route||Beyonce|
|Shoppe Black||Customized Black business lists in many categories|
|Black Owned Brooklyn||Brooklyn|
|NY Magazine||New York City|
|Afro Bella Black Business Directory||National|
|Experience Black Harlem||Harlem|
|Curious Uptowner||Black Businesses in Harlem|
Black Restaurant Lists
|Hungry Hungry Hooker||Great List of List compiled from Instagram — National by City|
|Bon Appetit||Another List of Black Restaurant Lists — National by City|
|Black Owned Restaurants||Bay Area, CA|
|Black Owned Restaurants (SF Chronicle)||Bay Area, CA|
|In support of Black Owned Eateries (1000 Listings)||OC, Seattle, Portland, LA, NYC, NJ, Boston, Bay Area|
Black Business Directory Apps
|BAOBOB||Bay Area Black Businesses|
|Melanoid Exchange||Online Shopping Mall|
Old / Expired / Unverified or Non-Black
These directories are no longer active or could not be verified
We are wondering why there is not national update Black business listing!!! or at least a way for all these websites to work together and standardize the list. When we were growing up, we had “Black Guides” for all the major cities, now there is no national list.